These creamy vegan coconut key lime bars make for an easy yet crowd-pleasing dinner party dessert.
Vegan Coconut Key Lime Bars
- 18 dates pitted
- 1.5 cup tigernut flour or almond flour
- 4 tsp. coconut flour
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. water plus more if needed
KEY LIME FILLING
- 2 1/4 cups raw cashews soaked in water at least 4 hours or overnight, then drained
- ¾ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (key limes or regular limes)
- ½ cup liquid coconut nectar
- ¾ cup Unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tsp. tsp. vanilla extract optional
- water as needed to blend, will not need for high-speed blender
WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM TOPPING
- 1 cup coconut cream from can, chilled about 2 hours, or overnight (use Thai Kitchen brand)
- Toasted coconut
- Lime wedges cut small
- In preparation for making the whipped coconut cream later, place a metal mixing bowl and the 2 beaters from an electric beater in the refrigerator to get cold.
- Make the crust: In a blender, blend the dates, tigernut flour, coconut flour, and cinnamon. Add a little bit of water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to help it blend, if needed. A dough-like consistency should form.
- Line a 7x7 baking dish with parchment paper, so that you can easily remove the cake when done. Use your fingers to push the tigernut/date mixture into the bottom of the pan, evenly, to form the crust.
- Next, make the key lime filling: Into a blender, add cashews, lime juice, coconut nectar, coconut oil, and vanilla. Blend until completely smooth, then pour on top of the crust. Place the baking dish in the refrigerator for about 4 hours until set.
- When the key lime portion has set, remove from the refrigerator, and carefully lift the cake out onto a flat surface. Cut into even size bars or squares.
- To make the whipped coconut cream: Remove the refrigerated mixing bowl, beaters, and coconut milk from the fridge. Open the can and use a spoon to scoop out the top thick white layer of coconut cream, reserving the liquid below for another use. Using and electric beater, beat the coconut cream in a bowl until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
- Fill a pastry bag (or a zip-top bag with a corner cut off) with the coconut cream.
- Top each square with a dollop of coconut cream, toasted coconut, and a lime wedge.